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The Will County Sheriff’s Office’s Hidden In Plain Sight trailer was on-site for parents to tour before and after the substance abuse prevention forum on Aug. 29. Inside the trailer is a model of a teenager’s bedroom and is used to help parents spot signs of drug and alcohol abuse in their own teenagers. Pictured are (left to right) Shannon Zobel, Veronica Kovar, Jenny Keating, Mireyla Guzman and Lt. Ed Hayes of the Will County Sheriff’s Office. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow speaks at the parent and youth forum held at Lincoln-Way West. The forum focused on drug and alcohol education and highlighted the current heroin epidemic affecting Will County.
Pastor Jolinda Wade, of New Creation B.A.L.M. Church and mother of NBA All-Star Dwayne Wade, speaks at the substance abuse prevention forum.
Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor
12:12 pm CDT September 11, 2018
Heroin does not discriminate. And Will County is not immune to the nationwide heroin and opioid epidemic that has affected an increasing number of people each year. “More than 600 people have died from heroin addictions in Will County over the past 20 years,” said Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil. “And the numbers continue to escalate. We recorded a record high of 85 heroin and heroin-related overdoses last year, and this year we are on pace to surpass that number.”